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Presenter: James Dixon and 4 more

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Recording Location: Middleburg Heights, OH

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 14978

Product Number: 18 OHCONLAW 1 31 CDMN PC

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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Construction Contracting in Traditional and Alternative Project Delivery Systems:Finding the Framework That’s Right for the Owner and the Project
James Dixon

   Legal rights/duties of construction entities: contractors, design services firms, subcontractors and suppliers
   Design-bid-build: entering into construction contracts and agreements in the traditional construction process
   Design-build: contractor-led, designer-led, joint venture
   Construction manager and construction manager-at-risk

Protecting the Owner and the Project: Insurance and Bonding Issues in Construction
Gabrielle Kelly

   Types of construction bonds
      • Performance
      • Payment
      • Alternatives to bonds
   Types of insurance
      • Commercial general liability insurance
      • Builder’s risk insurance
      • Errors and omissions insurance
      • Additional/alternative insurance
   Claims and notice issues

Making Changes and Resolving Disputes during the Construction Process
Phil Truax

   Making changes to the contract and contracted work
      • The contract change clause
      • Types of changes: ordered and constructive changes
      • Requirements for making changes
      • Liability issues
   Solving problems during the construction process
      • Site conditions
      • Delays
      • Disruption
      • Acceleration
      • Accidents

Ensuring Environmental Compliance during the Construction Process
Meagan Moore

   Stormwater management
   Erosion and sedimentation control
   Water quality preservation
   Air quality preservation

Improving the Project Outcome with Accurate and Effective Construction Contracting
J. Norman Stark

   Understanding contract terminology
   Forming contracts
   Understanding contract obligations
   The law governing construction contracts: the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and applicable state laws
   Subcontract formation and administration


James Dixon

Brouse McDowell, LPA, Cleveland, OH
Mr. Dixon is a partner of the law firm of Brouse McDowell, where he is a co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate & Construction practice group. Since 1997, Mr. Dixon has represented project developers, property owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, and design professionals. His work involves contract preparation and negotiation, contract administration, and dispute resolution. Mr. Dixon is a member of the Construction Industry Forum of the American Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Neutrals. He is admitted to practice in California and Ohio state courts and United States District Courts in Ohio and California. Mr. Dixon earned a B.A. degree from Denison University and a J.D. degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review.

Gabrielle Kelly

Partner with the Insurance Recovery and Litigation Practice Groups at Brouse McDowell, LPA
Working primarily in the area of insurance coverage, Ms. Kelly counsels and represents policyholders in various disputes, including bad faith, environmental, property, director and officer claims, and construction liabilities. Further, she has represented clients at all stages of litigation in various matters, including construction, premises and product liability cases, and complex business disputes. She has a J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. degree in sociology and political science from Boston University.

Meagan Moore

Partner with Brouse McDowell, LPA
Ms. Moore has developed a broad knowledge of environmental laws and regulations and advises her clients on ways to avoid or eliminate environmental issues that could prevent them from reaching their corporate growth goals. As a partner at Brouse McDowell, she provides regulatory compliance support to the firm’s industrial and municipal clients in matters relating to water, air, solid waste, and hazardous waste, and when compliance issues escalate she has successfully negotiated with state and federal agencies to resolve enforcement matters to her clients’benefit. Ms. Moore also has experience in assisting clients in reducing exposure to environmental liabilities in corporate and real estate transactions. She works with clients, whether buying or selling companies or pieces of real estate, to achieve a clear picture of potential environmental liabilities at issue, and then works to draft and negotiate contract language to minimize environmental risks. She also has experience in securing environmental liability insurance. In real estate matters, Ms. Moore has worked with clients to secure the purchase of blighted property and has been actively involved in moving many such sites through Ohio’s Voluntary Action Program.

J. Norman Stark

Speaker, Attorney and Architect Emeritus at J. Norman Stark Offices
Mr. Stark is an attorney-at-law, an architect emeritus, (AIA, NCARB), registered landscape architect (OH), mediator, arbitrator and litigator, with more than 40 years of combined professional experience and practice, beginning as a trade carpenter in 1952. Mr. Stark is an experienced trial attorney with a professional specialty as an architect. In his combined professions, he has tried, won, and resolved more than 5,000 contested cases, claims and legal matters, serving clients and providing other attorneys with forensic architect expertise and expert witness services from his office in Cleveland, Ohio.

Phil Truax

Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co., Avon, OH
Mr. Truax chairs the Real Estate & Construction Department and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He focuses primarily on construction and real estate matters, and litigating business disputes. Mr. Truax works with contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and design professionals to negotiate their contracts; manage project-specific risks; and preserve, pursue, and defend claims in connection with public and private improvement projects. Prior to practicing law, he worked in the field for multiple contractors, giving him invaluable experience in various areas of construction. That practical knowledge has allowed Mr. Truax to develop a practice of advising and counseling clients to assess and manage risk in construction, manufacturing and various other industries. Mr. Truax also routinely represents companies and individuals in commercial disputes, including litigating trade secret, non-competition, and other complex contract and tort claims. Throughout his career, Mr. Truax has litigated and tried numerous actions to judgment in state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitrations. Mr. Truax has been recognized in 2014 through 2017 as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star.